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Posts Tagged ‘Conde Nast Digital’

Jamie Pallot Is Vanity Fair’s New Executive Director of Multimedia

Jamie Pallot, previously editorial director of Condé Nast Digital, joined Vanity Fair in the role of executive director of multimedia projects, WWD reports. He’s not moving offices, but the new job sounds a bit mysterious, as it’s a newly created position within Condé Nast.

He decline to give WWD specifics. “All I can tell you officially is that big stuff is coming down the pike,” he said. We’re intrigued! Nothing makes us curious like being denied information.

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Condé Nast May Start Giving More Free App Downloads

At a Condé Nast town hall meeting yesterday morning, the idea of more free app downloads, like the Adobe-sponsored May issue of Wired, was kicked around, according to the New York Post.

The big proponent of apps at Condé Nast is Scott Dadich, vice president of digital development, whose success in developing the first app for Wired got him the job of all app development for the company. Wired readers downloaded more than 105,000 paid editions for the first issue last June, compared to the 80,000 or so magazines purchased at the newsstands. Even better, without all the shipping and printing costs, publishers saw a bigger cut — even taking into account the 30% that went to Apple.

But then sales dropped off sharply, averaging about 27,369 a month, which translates into a little over a $100,000 per month in revenue — not enough to fund the content.

Free app downloads may help boost traffic for publications. And although Condé Nast is continuing to charge per issue, this may be a sign that it’s rethinking whether or not paid issues are the only way to save publishing.

Layoffs at Conde Nast Digital, Hit Hardest?

key_art_conde_nast_digital.jpgLooks like yesterday’s layoffs at Conde Nast didn’t stop with the receptionists. Both Gawker and Alley Insider are reporting that there have been layoffs at Conde Nast Digital. Gawker says more than 20 people have been cut, Alley Insider has heard that was hit the hardest but that digital group was affected across the board.

All Conde will say on the subject is that “The creation of Conde Nast Digital was about setting the company up for growth in the digital area. As the various digital units merged we have found some duplication. We are streamlining to form one unified staff.”

If you have any further details we’d love to hear them.

UPDATE: MediaJobsDaily has the latest.

Layoffs at Due to Conde Digital Consolidation

FishbowlNY has learned that a number of people have been laid off at as a result of the Conde Nast Digital “consolidation” that was announced at the end of January.

We’re told that John Vaccaro, Senior Director, Product Development who was directly responsible for product development, video, strategy, local online products, adding features and functionality to the site, project management, production, quality assurance, ad operations and day to day operations of the site, has been laid off.

Also, Pamela Sturchio Quandt, Senior Executive Director, Marketing & Creative Services, a member of the Senior Management team of the website, who oversaw Marketing, Creative Services and Business Development.

No details on what other changes the consolidation has wrought but if you have them we’d love to hear about it.

Drew Schutte Named Senior Vice President Conde Nast Digital

new-yorker1.jpgConde Nast Digital, formerly known as CondeNet, doesn’t appear to be wasting much time with its reshuffle. The company just announced it has named Drew Schutte senior vice president & chief revenue officer effective immediately. Schutte will be responsible for managing the newly consolidated digital sales team and working closely with the publishers on integrated sales throughout all of the company’s titles.

Lisa Hughes
has been tapped to take over Schutte’s former position as vice president & publisher of The New Yorker. Hughes has been vice president & publisher of Conde Nast Traveler since 1995. Full release after the jump.

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